Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tutorial Request: Gift Card Pocket Card

Some of you were wondering how I made the gift card pocket for the inside of Thursday’s Creative-Sketches Candy Cane Card… You asked for it… so here it is… with all the cutting, measurements, step by step directions AND timely Tips for Stampers and Demonstrators too!1.Front_Of_Card_Super Sat 112611

Supply List

Creative Elements Stamp Set Bright Hopes Stamp Set
Simply Scored Board Basic Jewel Rhinestones
Big Shot Machine Bone Folder
Timeless Trim Die Sponge Dauber
Modern Label Punch Riding Hood Red Classic Ink
Ribbon Scissors 5/8” Real Red Satin Ribbon
Paper Snips Very Vanilla Card Stock
Stampin’ Dimensionals Riding Hood Red Card Stock
Snail Adhesive Champagne Shimmer Paint
Multipurpose Adhesive Rubbing Alcohol – 70%  or +
Art Quality Spritzer Recipe:  Shimmer Mist 


Card Stock (CS), Designer Series Paper (DSP), and Ribbon Cutting Instructions

Card Base

  • Very Vanilla CS 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” and  scored at 4-1/4”

Front of card

  • Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Striped DSP 3.5” x 5”
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Polka Dotted DSP 3/4” x 5-1/8”
  • Riding Hood Red CS
    • 3-3/8” x 5-1/8”
    • 2” x 3-3/4”
  • Very Vanilla CS 1-3/4” x 3-1/2” and scraps to stamp and fussy cut Creative Elements Stamped images.
  • Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon 4-1/2”

Inside of card

  • Riding Hood Red CS 3-3/4” x 2-1/2”
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP 2-1/4” x 2-3/4” scored at 1/4” along two long sides, and one short side
  • Very Vanilla CS scrap to stamp and punch the “Merry Christmas” greeting with the Designer Label Punch
  • Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon 5-3/4”

Create the front of the card…

  1. Use bone folder to crease scored line of Very Vanilla Card CS base, and then use a sponge dauber and Riding Hood Red Classic Ink to sponge along all edges of the Very Vanilla card base.
  2. Stamp the inside sentiment for your card… high and to the left to leave room for ribbon and gift card pocket. 

    Tip for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    • If the stamped image doesn’t come out exactly like you want it to, fold the card so that it is now on the FRONT, open up the card and try again… the DSP you are attaching to the front of the card in future steps will completely cover the messy stamping!
  3. Now, close your card and stamp the “treat yourself” sentiment onto the lower left corner of the card stock… get it as low as you can to leave room for your scallop border trim.
  4. Use sponge dauber and Riding Hood Red Classic Ink to sponge the edges of the 3-1/2” x 5” Striped Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP, and then attach it with SNAIL adhesive to the 3-3/8” x 5-1/8” piece of Riding Hood Red Card Stock.
  5. Cut scallop trim for bottom edge using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Timeless Trim Die.  Sponge along all edges with Riding Hood Red Classic Ink and Sponge Dauber.
  6. Run a line of SNAIL adhesive along one long edge of the layered card stock from step one, and attach the scallop trim so that at least 1/4” of the DSP is hidden behind the Riding Hood Red CS.
  7. Stamp flourish images from Creative Elements onto 1-3/4” x 3-1/2” Very Vanilla Card Stock.  You will need to stamp the image 2 or 3 times to fill the card stock without overlapping.  Use sponge dauber and Riding Hood Red Classic Ink to sponge along the edges.
  8. Add SNAIL adhesive to the back of the stamped Very Vanilla Card Stock piece, and attach to the 2” x 3-3/4” Riding Hood Red CS.  Add SNAIL adhesive to the back of the assembled piece, and attach to the front of the striped DSP leaving approximately 1/2” from the left edge of the DSP and 1/8” from the bottom of the striped DSP.
  9. Fold Red Satin Ribbon in half length-wise and use ribbon scissors to cut a dovetail into the end of the ribbon using Ribbon Scissors.  When doing this, you should always begin your cut approximately 3/8” to 1/2” inch from the end, starting at the fold and cutting towards the end of the ribbon.
  10. Run adhesive along the back of the ribbon, and attach to the card, wrapping it around to the back of the card stock and also allowing it to extend abut a 1/4” beyond the edge of the scalloped trim.
  11. Add adhesive to the back of the ribbon clad paper, and then attach it to your card front, centering so that your ‘treat yourself’ sentiment is fully visible.
  12. Stamp two large blossoms and one long flourish label using Riding Hood Red Classic Ink onto scraps of Very Vanilla CS.  Fussy cut along the edges of one of the flowers, and the label then sponge all edges with inked dauber.  Attach the two pieces together using Stampin’ Dimensionals., attach to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals too.

    TIPS for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    Working with Stampin’ Dimensionals can be fun but sometimes frustrating too!

    • To remove the paper covering an individual dimensional, simply insert your fingernail straight down into the center of the dimensional… the edges will curl and pop up, and you’ll easily be able to peel them back to remove them.
    • Although you don’t need a lot of nail to remove a dimensional, if it’s just not working for you, use the long side of a pointy piercing tool and press it into the center of the dimensional.  Tweezers will work in a similar manner too!
    • OK… so the paper came off, but there’s so much static, it’s sticking to you?  Simply place a small plastic lid with a wet paper towel next to your work surface… when you remove a protective paper, put it on the paper towel.  The paper is automatically attracted to the water and releases from your finger!  This tip works great for Sticky Tape, Red Line Tape, and the protective strips on cello bags as well.
  13. Cut out the center of remaining bloom, and ink edges with dauber, attach to center of first bloom with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

    TIPS for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    When we were school children, we were often told to cut on the line… but don’t do this when you are fussy cutting an image…

    • Leave a little bit of the paper visible especially if you plan to dauber along the edges. 
    • Alternatively, instead of cutting ON the line, cut just OUTSIDE the line… you’ll be much more pleased with the end result!
  14. Add Basic Jewel Rhinestones to the front of your card… I put one on every tiny circle image on the Creative Elements flourish image, one in the center of the popped bloom, one at each end of the label image, and three along the ribbon. 

    TIPS for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    • If your rhinestones are attached with a strip of glue, cut between them before attempting to remove them.
    • Use the tips of your SNIPS to kind of dig beneath them, lifting from the glue upwards.
    • To space the rhinestones perfectly along ribbon there are two tricks you can use… either mark the positioning with a mat pack and pencil/pen
    • OR you can use the sheet the rhinestones were plucked from… line up the sheet next to the ribbon and use the rings on the sheet as your guide for placement.
  15. Now, mix up a batch of Champagne Shimmer Mist and spray the entire front of your card… ribbon and all!  Don’t oversaturate it though… over-wetting may result in runny inked images and warped paper!

NOW… finish the inside, and make the gift card pocket!

  1. Use bone folder to crease along scored lines of Striped DSP.
  2. Cut on the scored line, just TO the intersecting scored line to remove the corner ‘excess’.
  3. Fold along scored lines towards the back to form a pocket and place a thin line or dots of Multipurpose Adhesive onto the scored flaps.  Center onto Riding Hood Red CS and attach.

    TIPS for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    • Placing a gift card into the pocket to hold the shape while gluing will ensure that you don’t make the pocket too small.
    • If you don’t have a used or new gift card, using a credit or bank card will accomplish the same thing.
  4. Now, attach the Riding Hood Red gift card assembly inside your card to the right of the hand stamped sentiment.
  5. Your 5/8” satin ribbon was intentionally cut a little longer than needed…. bet you were wondering about that Winking smile Run SNAIL adhesive along the back of the ribbon.. all the way to the ends.  You may have to run the SNAIL 2-3 times to cover the entire ribbon.
  6. Attach the ribbon to the lower portion of the card, so the bottom edge of the ribbon is approximately 3/4” from the bottom edge of the card… ALLOW the ribbon to go OVER the gift card pocket (with the gift card still in place) and to extend OFF your card.
  7. Use Ribbon Scissors to trim, butting the lower blade of the scissors to the card stock, and cut.  If the ribbon was properly covered with adhesive, and your cut was clean, there will be NO fraying.  

    TIPS for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    • If your scissors are not sharp it will be difficult to get a clean cut along the edge of the card stock.
    • Alternatively, you can line up your card in your Table Top Paper Cutter so that the edge of the card aligns with the edge of the cutter, and adhesive side of the ribbon extensions facing up.
    • Clean the blade of your tabletop paper cutter afterwards by running a rubber eraser along the sides, and cutting edge of the blade to remove any adhesive residue.
  8. Stamp “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Bright Hopes Stamp Set onto remaining scrap of Very Vanilla CS, punch out using the Modern Label Punch and ink the edges using the inked sponge dauber.

    TIPS for Stampers AND Demonstrators:

    • An inked sponge dauber holds an incredible amount of ink.  Once it has been completely inked, you can use it many times before re-inking the sponge!
    • If you want a heavily sponged edge along your card stock, place the card stock onto a piece of newsprint or grid paper and ink flat from off the edge towards the card.
    • If you prefer a more delicately sponged edge, hold the card in one hand, put the head of the sponge dauber against the card stock, and run it straight down the edge as if you were using a marker.

You’re done!

Whew… that was a long one!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and Tips for Stampers too.  See you tomorrow with a new project… I’m off to my stamping studio now!



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sandy heringer said...

I love all you tips! Thanks for sharing a great card!

Bette S said...

Sharon, you are more than generous to share not only the makings of a great card, but the tips are super!! You are a doll!

Karen said...

Thanks for the great tutorial and the helpful tips and hints! The card is beautiful!

waqar ahmed abbasi said...

these designs of gift cards are really color made this card very impressive

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